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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $80.00
One of the best things about the park is the van tour they offer to San Francisco. John was a fantastic guide to the city and it kept us from having the hassle of driving ourselves and parking a car. The sites were not quite level, so we had to use blocks, but the situation wasn't too bad. Another fine thing about the park are the redwoods throughout the park, along with other trees. If you have kids, the park is a destination in and of itself, with a large pool, trampoline, rock climbing, petting zoo, pool tables, video arcade, etc. Everything was clean and well-maintained. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Take the San Fran van tour. Visit Armstrong Redwood Reserve to the north. And of course wander about the Sonoma wineries. Have an outstanding lunch at the girl and the fig in Sonoma--well worth it.
Review Count: 32
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 13
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $67.00
This "kampground" is like an amusement park. There is so much to do, especially for kids. Kids where everywhere like flies, and I count my child among them. The pool is huge and very clean. The campgrounds are somewhat dry and plain - not exactly close, nor widely spaced - just middle of the road for this type of camp. I suppose it's difficult to maintain grass in California at this time. It was all brown and dusty. Our neighbors were very nice and friendly. The staff was friendly but also crazy busy. The office was a madhouse all day long. Utilities were fine - no problems. By 10pm, the campground was quiet every night. Only problem was some of the teens would walk through my campground. I would stay here again. Camping in the bay area is slim pickin's, so it's not like there is much else that is better nor cheaper - especially for a family. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $75.00
Facilities are nice. RV sites are beautiful and spacious with some privacy. We stayed in a corner lot, so we had a bench and firepit. The park is well off the freeway (little noise). Many trees, so satellite reception may be a problem. A great place for a family to stay -- lots of activities. For older couples or overnight stays, though, the park is over-priced and noisy -- can't recommend.
For the size of the crowd, the park was understaffed, so employees were overwhelmed (and as a result, under-caring). Responses to complaints were well-rehearsed. For example, when we checked in, we were told in advance not to bother complaining about the internet. Instead we were given a number to call (TengoInternet). Of course, wifi connection did indeed turn out to be a joke, and no one answered the phone number we were given.
The sites are unpaved and not close to being level. Our auto-levelers couldn't quite adjust -- bring your blocks.
Very convenient location for families looking for an escape from the Bay area. In the summer, get ready for a crowd. High prices. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 79
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 19
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $77.00
We had reservations. Called ahead on move in day and were told to arrive about 1:00pm. Showed up 12:30 and staffer said wait 30 minutes. Came back in 45 & another staffer told us we could not check in until after 2:00. Not the most welcoming customer service we have encountered. Site #176 is paved but UNLEVEL! Auto level would not get it, had to use lots of blocks. Trees, power boxes, etc., make navigating through the park a challenge. (We are in a 40' MH.) Good luck finding a site with few enough redwoods to get satellite. Sewer hookups are non-uniform and high off the ground. The park is a great one for kids, numerous activities to wear 'em all out. Small bits of garbage and expended fireworks particularly in the play area, garbage on the floor of the men's room, and several of the few arcade games in the clubhouse were always out of order. And, as usual for KOA's, this one in particular is WAY WAY over priced. But, slim pickens in Sonoma County as in the rest of California. If not for our grandchild, we would never stay here. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $71.00
Worst KOA experience yet. Be prepared for cold, unhelpful, and inconsiderate customer service. We'd been having engine problems with our tow vehicle (for our 5th wheel) and arrived early in hopes of getting a spot so we could unhook and take the truck in for service. We were told by the staff that we arrived too early and check-in was at 2pm so we'd have to wait until then.
This place is crowded and the sites are extremely close together; the pool was packed with so many kids you couldn't get in. The bathrooms were not clean and kept up; the showers were filthy and it was obvious they weren't inspected and cleaned daily. The laundry room was decent, except for 3 of 6 dryers were broken, with signs on them that said "check back tomorrow" -- but no one ever came to repair them.
Check out is 11am. At 9am and still no truck, we talked to the staff to let them know of our problem and they coldly responded that we had until 2. At 2pm a staff member showed up in a truck and towed our trailer to the cow field below the KOA and charged us a $20 towing fee. Despite having no hookups in the cow field (but lots of cow manure) they told us we were no longer registered guests and therefore were not welcome to use their facilities any longer. We spent the night in the cow field and the next morning they warned us we had to be out by noon, or we'd be charged another night.
Awful treatment for such an expensive, crowded, and not well kept-up campground; and awful treatment of Active Duty military personnel. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 10
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
I'm going to be as fair as I can for a campground the guy in the next site called, "The Campground from Hell."
First, the positives: The bathrooms and showers weren't gross, just old and shabby. The staff weren't rude, just not very helpful.
On a negative note, just getting into the campground can be a chore due to a narrow, 2 lane driveway that new arrivals park on to register. If you're already registered, you drive on the opposite side of the drive and hope no one is going the other way. The narrow, tight sites had mixed full hookup, partial hookups, and tents in the same area. The guy in a tent site across from us ran his LOUD, ancient generator for most of the day and evening. Dog owners, per usual, let their dogs do their business on others' sites rather than the provided the dog run. The interior roads are narrow, tight and not well marked. Many units were rentals with first time or, at best, once per year campers totally oblivious to common campground etiquette. People regularly cut through our site. This is where grandparents take grandkids and allow them to wreak havoc, load them up with sugar and buy them a puppy before returning them to their parents as revenge. The WiFi was too anemic and throttled to be of any use. There were flies everywhere, probably from the cows next door. The dogs at the house next to the campground barked, howled and were out of control.
To be perfectly fair, kids between 6 to 10 love this place because everything is geared toward them. As a retirees with no grandkids, we would never stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 84
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $65.00
A great family facility. There a large playground, a petting zoo, a large enclosed dog park. Sites are a little short (most tow vehicles stick out into the roads). A code is needed to get in. There's a well stocked camp store. The road to the park (not in the park) is a patchwork of potholes. The only real negative about the park is the WiFi (Tengo). It works OK (not great) when the park isn't full, but it is incredibly slow when there are lots of campers. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 22
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $64.00
We were here on an extended stay. I have reviewed this park numerous times and so will only dwell on new issues. Generally speaking, the showers were a mess. Often the same disgusting items remained in the same place in the shower for five or more days at a time, despite my bringing it to the attention of the folks in the office. There was always a reason why the showers remained unclean. The reason that stands out in my mind was that the supervisor was away on vacation. Seems to me that someone else should have been in put charge of the bathroom cleanliness during the supervisors absence! And besides, they were a mess longer then the supervisor was away. The handicap shower stall in the main shower room has standing water in it. There are mosquitoes on the wall, so one can imagine how much they might be enjoying that standing water as a breeding ground! My husband found the men's showers equally disgusting. Except for the cleanliness issue, and the premium price charged, this is quite a nice campground. We enjoyed our time spent there - - other than our morning showers. The staff are truly wonderful! The location is terrific for the San Francisco Bay area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Great little donut shop next to Orchard supply hardware!
Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $67.00
It is, of course, a stretch to include "San Francisco" in the name of this campground, when Fishermen's Wharf is 40 miles south through heavy traffic. (On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers play in Levi's Stadium, which is a 50 miles distant from that same wharf, so there's that.) Those 40 miles, however, do not mean that the Petaluma KOA cannot get away with charging $67 a night for a standard pull-through.
I get that RV parks in greater metropolitan areas can command premium prices and, while I don't like it, I can accept those prices if they result in a premium experience. (See, e.g. San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA.) In this KOA, those prices do not. The park is built on a hillside and the spaces are not terraced. Many are on a slopes steep enough to be beyond the capability of standard hydraulic levelers. The landscaping is a bit neglected, with weeds in the grassy areas. The "dog park" is ridiculously small. All in all, it is just not a premium place. Reinvestment of some of those premium fees in the infrastructure could make this campground a nicer place to stay.
On the plus side, It does have a very nice children's playground with lots of equipment that appeared to be in good condition and the spaces are of a decent width.
There are lots of trees, so it's shady in the summer, but there are not many spaces with clear satellite signals. Wi-fi is through Tengo and worked well. Be prepared for interrogation about your dog's ($3 extra) genetic makeup.
There are no good RV experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to 7 of the 10 most expensive housing markets in the country. The few parks that exist tend to cram you in for exorbitant prices. The Petaluma KOA is more than a parking lot and a bit less expensive than parks closer in. As an overnight, it could be worse. As a base to explore San Francisco, however, it comes at the cost of an hour or more stuck in traffic. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between Petaluma and various stops in San Francisco. Once in the City, it's very easy to get around on SF Muni and BART for reasonable prices. Public transportation, then, is a better, albeit slower, way to get to and explore San Francisco. The campground also offers in-season van tours of the City.
Review Count: 54
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $46.00
This is a very large park with lots of cabins and facilities - sites are close together. Looks to be great for folks with kids: activities abound, e.g. K9 Kamp and petting zoo. Sites are up and down hills and might be an issue for larger rigs. In general, a nice park considering the location. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $58.00
The sites are super tight and only one vehicle could fit. We have a forty foot trailer and it was close that we weren't in the road. Very expensive at $58 for water and electric only. $75 for full hookups pull through. They did have some nice features for kids such as a petting zoo and a huge bouncy bag, along with a pool and they certainly make the most out of the little space they have. We were also pretty disappointed that the camp itself wasn't clean when we pulled in (beer caps in the fire pit). For that kind of money the place should have been spotless. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 109
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $52.00
This is a nice KOA that serves suburbanites with families. Lots of kid friendly things here including a hay ride, petting zoo with farm animals, pool, jumping surface thing. Also we caught wafts of cow pasture coming in from time to time so beware. The Women's restroom was a wreck on the weekends when hordes of kids made messes. You had to take your own toilet paper with you. Drains in handicap shower didn't work properly. During the week, all was aok for restroom cleanliness. The drives and sites were gravel and were level. There were lots of trees. CATV worked well. WIFI worked but was slow, even when running fast. Do not remember our site number as we were there with a rally however we were located near the shower room and rec hall. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.
The drive to Bodega Bay is lovely as it goes through ranchland. Give yourself plenty of time as the road is winding and goes up and down very large hills.
The historic Washoe Inn is just down the road and has good food (bison burgers were yummy). Its been there since the 1850s and is a neighborhood bar & grill in atmosphere.
Henny Penny is a locally owned & operated diner right on the road to the rv park. Has very good home style food and yummy deserts.
Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $83.00
If you are looking for a relaxing country experience, DO NOT stay here. This park caters to families with kids and dogs. It is huge, noisy and busy. Kids on bikes, scooters, skateboards, in the arcade and pool. Friday night LOUD dance party in the tent in the middle of the campground heard all over the park until 10pm. Movies outside every night. Overpriced at $83 I guess that is what pays for all these activities that did not appeal to us.
Calling in advance, we asked for a space away from all the activities but when none were available for our stay we asked for an end space thinking it would be fairly quiet. There was heavy foot and vehicle traffic cutting across our dried grass space all day long plus it was located across from 3 cabins where a family of 35 people was having a reunion spent mostly outside our entire stay. Other sites had nice green grass but not the one we were in. Sat morning I dumped our garbage in a bin that was totally overflowing. A real problem if it was not picked up until Monday.
On check-in I asked the clerk how to get to our reverse direction space and was told incorrectly as it involved a tight right turn which would have been impossible in our 34ft motorhome with a toad. Luckily the nice lady at the gate instructed us properly. At these prices customers should be personally escorted to their sites! We had to fully extend our rear jacks to level on the blacktop site. We saw one rig with 2 wheels completely off the ground. Beware, if you arrive early before the "official" check-in time there is an extra $12 fee. The free WiFi never worked for us. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $75.00
This was a 3 night stop for us over the July 4th weekend. This place worked very well. Our kids loved it. It was busy, but not obnoxious. Everything was clean, and there was plenty of workers around if you needed them. I will stay here again if I'm back in the area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $70.00
This is the biggest KOA I have ever visited, 5 people man the check in counter, they could probably use 7. Very, very well organized campground for such a large operation. I have never seen so many kids, large pool, petting zoo, etc, etc. Normally we try and avoid kid friendly places, but things were so well organized, they were never a problem.
They actually offer a guided tour of San Francisco, this is strictly KOA, their tour bus, their guide, it was beyond excellent. A bit pricy, $79.00 per person, but well worth it. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
There is a fresh fruit stand close to the park, left on Stoney Point road about .5 miles.
The Korbel winery is beautiful and offers tastings at no charge. Take a side trip to Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay or Jenner to see whales, seals and beautiful beaches. The trip from Larkspur into San Francisco on the ferry was beautiful and only cost $5 for seniors.The Regans • April 2015
There is a fresh fruit stand close to the park, left on Stoney Point road about .5 miles.tomnnva • June 2015
The drive to Bodega Bay is lovely as it goes through ranchland. Give yourself plenty of time as the road is winding and goes up and down very large hills. The historic Washoe Inn is just down the road and has good food (bison burgers were yummy). Its been there since the 1850s and is a neighborhood bar & grill in atmosphere. Henny Penny is a locally owned & operated diner right on the road to the rv park. Has very good home style food and yummy deserts.Bookwormonwheels • November 2015
Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between Petaluma and various stops in San Francisco. Once in the City, it's very easy to get around on SF Muni and BART for reasonable prices. Public transportation, then, is a better, albeit slower, way to get to and explore San Francisco. The campground also offers in-season van tours of the City.Pawticket • May 2016
Great little donut shop next to Orchard supply hardware!Barnycat • May 2016
Take the San Fran van tour. Visit Armstrong Redwood Reserve to the north. And of course wander about the Sonoma wineries. Have an outstanding lunch at the girl and the fig in Sonoma--well worth it.Breeze On • July 2016
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